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Sarkozy seen out with ex-model Carla Bruni

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy was photographed at the weekend with former supermodel turned singer Carla Bruni, fuelling rumours of romance just two months after his divorce from his second wife.

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Pictures of Sarkozy and Bruni, a dark-haired blue-eyed Italian, visiting Disneyland Paris were splashed over the French newspapers on Monday and the couple are also expected to make the front page of several glossy magazines this week.

Sarkozy’s office declined to comment on the reports.

The right-leaning Le Figaro newspaper, which is seen as close to the 52-year-old Sarkozy, ran a front page headline saying “Carla Bruni, the president’s girlfriend” above a photo of the smiling 38-year-old in a fur coat.

Le Parisien newspaper carried a front-page picture of the pair together at Disneyland Paris surrounded by three unidentified children with the caption “The head of state and his girlfriend Carla”.

It is not the first time the aristocratic Bruni has made headlines with her high profile choice of boyfriend. She has been linked in the past with singers Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton and business tycoon Donald Trump.

Bruni, who was born in Italy but lives in France, was also among the celebrities who turned up at a concert in October to oppose a controversial new immigration law proposed by Sarkozy which introduces optional DNA tests to verify family links.

Sarkozy and his second wife Cecilia split amicably in October after 11 years of marriage. It was the first time in modern French history that a serving president had divorced.

Cecilia and Sarkozy have a young son together and two older children each from previous marriages.

The liaison will be of no surprise to Sarkozy’s mother, who told a French magazine earlier this month that her son would have no trouble finding a new woman after his divorce.

But Andree Sarkozy told Point de Vue magazine she did not want him to marry again as she had “had enough of brides”.

Reporting by Anna Willard; Editing by Keith Weir

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